Sleepy Hollow” had heads spinning with the campy twists and turns of its first season. And the mind-bending experience isn’t likely to slow down in its second outing.
“There’s not really a shark to jump,” said actor Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane. “In the pilot, we kicked the shark in its teeth.”
As Sleepyheads continue to cope with the drawn-out hiatus — the show’s first season wrapped in January — and await updates on the massive cliffhanger that left nearly every character in a dicey situation, the show’s executive producers and cast gathered Sunday for the Television Critics Assn. press tour to dish out some tidbits of what’s to come in the second season, which launches Sept. 22.
And there’s plenty to dish out. The writers room is boarding the story for Episode 11 and beginning production on Episode 7.
Here what we learned:
– The working theme for Season 2 is “War has come into town” as personified by John Noble, said co-creator and executive producer Roberto Orci. “War can tear not only a town apart, but a family apart.”
– Crane will accompany Abbie to a voting booth. He will also — wait for it — learn to drive, inspired by a decision by Tom Mison (who plays Ichabod Crane) to learn how to drive.
– New clothes are coming for Crane in Season 2. Hey, considering that all the attention Ichabod’s unchanging attire received last season ultimately led to Crane in skinny jeans, we’re all for seeing what he tries on next.
– New creatures introduced in Season 2 will include a Wendigo that is unearthed, a succubus, kindred and a pied piper. And two new human characters will also roll through town, including a new sheriff, Lina Reyes, played by Sakina Jaffrey, who will cause new problems for Crane and Abbie as they try to work with the precinct because she is not as malleable as Irving. This new sheriff has a history with the town of Sleepy Hollow but has been working with border patrol for a while.
– There are some bumps in the road for Crane and Katrina. “We’re going to drop a few bombs this season with their relationship … that they were not possibly prepared for,” Orci said.
– Will Crane become unburied? Yes, but be patient. “We spent so much time getting him in the box, what we didn’t want to do was get him right out and make it easy,” said co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman.
– Although its freshman outing consisted of 13 episodes, its second go-round will stretch out to 18 episodes. And that’s taken some getting used to, story-wise. “It’s a blessing and a curse,” said co-creator and executive producer Len Wiseman, saying it offers more breathing room for stories.
Bonus: As far as the undeniable Crane/Abbie chemistry, Nicole Beharie (Abbie) finds it refreshing that things aren’t muddled by romance: “I really think it’s interesting and kind of fun. She has a relationship with a man, and it’s not romantic.” Mison, in return, says he can understand the tension, though: “Running around the woods in the middle of the night, chasing after monsters, is profoundly erotic.
Images of Tom from the Fox Summer TCA Panel and the Fox All-Star Party have been added to the gallery. They will be replaced in high quality when I am able to.
I have added one portrait session of Tom to the gallery from yesterday’s TCAs. Thanks to Kieran for the high quality images!
Photoshoots > Set #021
EW has (very rightfully) selected the closing minutes of the Sleepy Hollow season one finale as one of the 50 best scenes of the this past tv season. EW columnist Mandi Bierly has also written an article on those now infamous nine minutes, which you can read in full here. In it, Alex Kurtzman answers questions about what the network thought of it, how well thought out that reveal was and the worry of people figuring it all out beforehand. He also had lovely things to say about Tom, saying, “Having an actor of Tom’s caliber who just intuitively understands where the joke is, when to pull it back, when to play the drama — our cast across the board, they’re all right in it with their characters, but Tom really understood that.”
I have added three large quality images from a shoot done last year for TV Guide to the gallery.
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It’s been a while since Sleepy Hollow has been missing form our screens and we have to wait for just a bit more until the show is back with a bang. Until then, the updates and spoilers for the next season are what keep entertained. The unique and dramatic show needs no introduction as it has won thousands of hearts with its classic period drama. Tom Mison, playing Ichabod Crane on the show, mentioned to The National, “I haven’t seen a show like this that has two different periods – 200 years apart – and follows stories in both of them,” says Mison. “It’s remarkable. With the mythology, they’ve created something so thorough and so unique that, for an actor, it’s nothing but fun to dive into it.”
Almost entirely through the initial season of Sleepy Hollow, we have seen the witnesses alone and short of love. Ichabod longed for his long departed wife, Katrina, who is held in the purgatory by the devil, Moloch, as a prize for the horseman of death, Abraham Von Brunt. While the second witness, Abbie pushes away everyone whole has the potential to care for her, be it her sister, Jenny, or the obsessed zombie, Andy. But thankfully, the second season might bring about some alterations. Katrina has already free from the purgatory, even though she is currently held captive by headless, we can see the prospect of Ichabod getting reunited, yet again, with his one and only true love. Katia Winter, playing Katrina on Sleepy Hollow, mentioned in an interview that she is sick of the purgatory and she would love nothing more than to get out of there, we sure hope she does get out once and for all! And as for Abbie, it’s hard to picture something great happening to the poor girl stuck in the purgatory, but even for her Season 02 has something special; rather someone special. And No, not Ichabod Crane, our apologies to the Ichabbie fanbase.
Between the witnesses, Ichabod might be the one rooting, even if slightly, for Ichabbie, as he mentioned earlier, “If we (Ichabod and Abbie) end up kissing, will people be outraged? It might be worth doing it just to see the Internet break.” Whereas, the producers have a different plan in mind as EP Heather Kadin, said, “Now that Katrina’s back-ish, the potential of having her there, you want to see Abbie have some hot romance, so we’ve talked a lot about that, which we know fans will hate.” Beharie had been super excited about it then and even offered to be a part of the casting process to make sure that Abbie got the best. And she is still quite enthused while Mison asks her to “steady up” but we get her excitement. Eventhough Katia Winter has no problem exchanging her man, as she jokingly mentioned in an interview that she would give Ichabod up for Abbie as long as she got a new guy, perhaps headless? But looks like Abbie is the one getting a new guy here. Nick Hawley, entering Sleepy Hollow as the bounty hunter, Matt Barr, has been described as “far too attractive” by Mison. Barr is said to spend a lot of time with Abbie and might just be her potential love interest. Mison went ahead to mention that the bounty hunter is, “going to be helping us, some of us in more ways than one” and Beharie, eternally opposed to spilling the beans said, “Wow, is that not giving away entirely too much?!” But that’s all we need for the speculations and Mison really needs to let go of Abbie, atleast he has Katrina. No matter how great you look Mison, we can’t let you have all the ladies!
It’s been some time since we were last cavorting around with Ichabod Crane and Abbie in ‘Sleepy Hollow’, but fans will rejoice in knowing that the show is set to return in the not-too-distant future with the promise of yet more Headless Horseman shenanigans and ghoulish adventures aplenty. While Tom Mison has enjoyed getting married in recent weeks, the news surrounding season two has been ramping up and here is a little rundown of what we know about the show’s second stint so far…
After such a long wait (especially for American audiences who have been left reeling since January), a confirmed US premiere date for season two has been announced. The first new episode will air on Monday 22nd September, with a UK date expected soon after. One assumes Universal Channel will continue the UK coverage of the show following its popularity and here’s hoping we get wind of a solidified date soon.
New Sheriff in town
After Irving was locked away and is now out of the Police Department, it looks like a new sheriff has arrived in town, meaning some extra obstacles for Ichabod and Abbie. That particular person is Leena Reyes, played by ‘House of Cards’ star Sakina Jaffrey. Apparently, Sheriff Reyes won’t be as easy-going as Irving was towards the end of the first season and could well be more of an opposition in the face of all the mythical goings-on in Sleepy Hollow. Way to mix things up!
An extra companion
Last season saw a companion for our daring duo in the form of ‘sin eater’ Henry Parrish whose friendly status was soon quashed after it was revealed he was Ichabod’s son Jeremy and the Horseman of War. Filling that void it would seem, new star Matt Barr enters the fray as Nick Hawley, a ‘ruggedly handsome’ bounty hunter. Rumoured to be an individual to add some extra comic relief to the proceedings, this is one character who will certainly be lending a helping hand along the way.
While they remained guest stars in the first season, both Lyndie Greenwood and John Noble are set to take the step up to series regulars this time around. Greenwood, playing Abbie’s sister will undoubtedly have a much bigger part to play on the side of good, while Noble is certainly going to ruffle some feathers after his big revelation during the finale episode.
‘Sleepy Hollow’ is slowly beginning to shape up for its return leg, and if the first season is anything to go by then we certainly have plenty to be excited about come the latter end of the year.